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Tips for Fire Safety this Holiday Season

The holidays are here and if your office is like most then it will soon be filled with holiday decorations, pot lucks and more. And, while these festive holiday staples can be a lot of fun, they can also bring with them some potential fire hazards every business owner and manager should be aware of. As experts in fire protection for Akron and the surrounding areas, we’d like to offer some tips to help you protect your business and its occupants this holiday season.office fire protection systems

First, is your fire protection system what it should be? Make sure all your commercial fire protection systems are properly installed and monitored. They can help save lives and minimize the amount of damage done. When was the last time your fire protection system was tested? Is it properly monitored? These are all questions you should be asking yourself; especially this time of year.

Every business has to abide by codes and regulations. These requirements can affect several aspects of a business, including accessibility, environment, and mechanical systems, among many others. And, we are well-versed in these codes for commercial fire protection systems. When we install your fire protection system, you can depend on us for all of its maintenance and testing needs.

For example, it is important to make sure that your smoke detectors are working and verify that the fire extinguishers are easily accessible. Hard Fire can help with this.

Next, don’t block any fire safety equipment, exit signage or exits with holiday décor or lights. Avoid placing Christmas trees, gifts, or decorations in heavily trafficked areas where people might trip over them. Do not place any type of decorative items in exit corridors or over sprinklers.

When it comes to pot lucks with multiple slow cookers and griddles, etc. it is important to never exceed the maximum number of strings or devices that may be linked together. The same goes for holiday lights. Make sure you use lights that have been tested for safety. Look for a certification mark from UL, CSA, ETL or other nationally-recognized laboratories. Consider using LED lights when possible. LED lights run cooler and use less energy than incandescent lights. Double check lights for frayed wires or cracks and be sure there is a bulb in each socket. Discard and replace any damaged strands. And, never place staples or nails through strings of lights, power cords, or extension cords.

These are just some of the things you should keep in mind this holiday season in addition to proper fire protection. For more tips on a safe holiday and winter season, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We can test your fire protection system and even install a new one.

Ready to learn more about fire protection for your Akron area business? Call us at Hard Fire at 800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990 or you can Contact Us.

What is Dry Fire Suppression & What is it For?

While you are most definitely aware that there are sprinkler systems that protect you in almost every commercial building you enter, did you know there are actually different types of sprinkler systems? The two most commonly used systems are the wet fire sprinkler and the dry fire sprinkler systems. It’s common knowledge wet sprinkler systems utilize water. But what are dry fire sprinkler systems? As experts in fire suppression we are here to provide information about what a dry fire suppression system can do for your Cleveland business. And, when you’re ready to protect your commercial facility or business against the threat of fire, entrust us for all of your fire suppression needs.fire suppression

Many people think “water” in order to douse a fire however certain types of businesses require chemical compounds or a dry fire suppression system to prevent damage from water. Business such as data centers, homes of high-tech electronic gadgetry, art galleries and more can all benefit from a dry fire suppression system. This fire suppression system is waterless and has additional benefits over a water-based system.

Fragile equipment and documents all need protection. And that includes insurance policies, business licenses, contracts, etc. Water-based fire suppression systems can damage computers, servers and critical documents. The implementation of a dry fire suppression system allows instead for the protection of electronic equipment and documents, resulting in less time in recovery from fire.

Dry systems are also ideal for use in structures where temperatures will reach freezing. If and when temperatures drop below freezing, the pipes are not in danger of freezing as they are with their wet sprinkler system counterparts.

Not sure if a dry fire suppression system is the best solution for your business? We can work with you to choose one that’s right for you and make sure your system system fits your particular working environment. We offer a variety of suppression system types; both wet and dry. The professionals at Hard Fire have plenty of experience with a variety of fire suppression systems, including:

  • Inert agent
  • C02
  • NOVEC 1230
  • FM200
  • Water mist
  • Foam
  • Halon 1301
  • And more

Ready to get started making your business safer? Give us a call today to learn more about a fire suppression system for your Cleveland business. Call Hard Fire at 1-800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990 or you can Contact Us.

Does Your Office Have Adequate Fire Protection?

Look around you, does the office you go to every day have adequate fire protection? As experts in commercial fire protection systems for Cincinnati and the surrounding areas, we’d like to provide an outline of what should be there to properly protect your office and its occupants.

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Fire alarms as part of the commercial fire protection systems should sound or visually display the fire signal. Other components make it easier for occupants to evacuate, like exit signs. Are all of the proper signs present? Strobe lights and other signaling options on commercial fire protection systems should also light up in various ways that will help people identify the exits. This is especially true in the event of power loss; audio and visual components of the system will continue to function. A fire protection company like ours can evaluate your office’s system to ensure all exit signs are located where they should be and working properly.

Commercial fire protection systems are mandatory in most commercial properties. Local codes and regulations vary in different areas, such as how many occupants a building is allowed to have, whether a sprinkler system needs to be in the building and what building type classification you operate under. Commercial fire protection systems and alarms help with the overall cause of minimizing the damage done as a result of fire. The faster the fire is spotted, the sooner your notification system can alert the proper emergency personnel to come and put out the blaze.

It is also important that the commercial fire protection systems are properly installed and monitored. They can help save lives and minimize the amount of damage done. Since these are so essential, it is also important to make sure professionals have handled installation to ensure all works as it should. At Hard Fire, we have professional representatives on NFPA standard’s code committees and work closely with fire detection and suppression system manufacturers.

Have you had drills or inspections in your office? When you have commercial fire protection systems installed, it is also important to have them inspected on a regular basis. At Hard Fire, we use the best technology available to monitor your fire alarm and fire suppression systems.

Not sure if your office is protected by quality commercial fire protection systems? When you’re ready to learn more about commercial fire protection systems at your Cincinnati office, call us at Hard Fire at 800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990 or Contact Us.

Finding the Best Type of Fire Suppression for Your Unique Business

When it comes to choosing a fire suppression system, it is important you find the right one to meet your unique needs. Fire suppression isn’t one-size-fits all. A professional fire suppression system offers variety of options from water mist to foam to CO2 to FM200 to inert agent and much more. And, the type of fire suppression system you need hinges heavily on your business, the type of equipment you have within it, the goods you house and more. After all, you want the very best in fire suppression for you in order protect your employees and business or commercial space from a fire emergency. That is why it is so vital that you understand the differences among the various fire suppression systems available for your business; or, that you hire a company that does. At Hard Fire we specialize in these types of systems and can customize the perfect fire suppression system for your Columbus area business. We understand that when it comes to your business, it is important to have the right kind of fire suppression system. Here are some of the factors we consider:

Did you know that almost one-third of office fires occur with the cooking equipment and/or the electrical distribution? Fire detection systems, sprinkler systems, fire alarms, fire suppression and emergency lighting are all essential to these areas of the workplace. An often overlooked feature is the emergency exit lights. They are incredibly important in aiding occupants in evacuating the building safely. Proper maintenance of all these systems is also necessary to ensure that in the case of a fire emergency they will work to avoid any disaster that may result with a malfunctioning fire system.

Commercial Fire Protection Systems

Does your business house large servers, artwork or similar sensitive machinery or materials? Many businesses can benefit from clean agent fire suppression, but especially those that store items such as computers and servers, client records, antiques, art, manufacturing equipment and more. Clean agents inhibit the chain reaction that unfolds between heat, oxygen and a fuel source that ignites a potentially all-consuming blaze. A clean agent is electrically nonconductive; nonvolatile, people safe gaseous fire extinguishing means that do not leave a residue upon evaporation and is a fast, clean way to put out a fire without using water. Clean agents include FM200, NOVEC 1230 and more.

Whatever fire suppression system is best for your business, we will supply it. Let our NICET-certified team provide assessments, design, installation, and services to meet your special hazards fire suppression system requirements. We provide fire protection solutions that are flexible, scalable, delivered on time and on budget.

For more information about a fire suppression system for your Columbus business or organization, call us at 1-800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990.

The Difference Between Commercial & Residential Fire Detection

Fire detection and fire alarms are a crucial part of fire safety for both commercial and residential properties. They both help save lives and protect property by alerting that a fire has broken out. There are also different types of fire detection systems to suit the various types of environments they are used in. But, when it comes to residential and commercial; there are some major differences we’d like to discuss here. And, when you’re ready to discuss a fire detection system for your Columbus business, give us a call at Hard Fire. We can design and install the right fire detection system to meet your unique business’ needs.

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Codes & Testing

A commercial business has special fire detection requirements residential properties simply don’t need. And, commercial properties having code requirements they must meet. We are current and up to date on all of the regulations and codes surrounding fire alarms, fire suppression and fire protection.

Unlike with residential fire alarms, when it comes to commercial fire detection, testing will usually need to be carried out by a qualified professional on a regular basis.

Residential Fire Detection

Most people are familiar with the types of smoke detector used in residential properties. There are two common types; photoelectric and ionization. Photoelectric uses light beams, which cause a reduction in light passing to a photocell if smoke is present. Ionization works by reactions inside the detector being disrupted by the presence of smoke particles. Note: National and Ohio fire codes require residential fire detection and Carbon Monoxide detectors be replaced at least every 10 years. Newer Smoke and CO detectors come with 10-year batteries. The battery low monitor on these new unit can be a good reminder to replace your residential detectors keeping your family safe is the focus of this requirement.

Commercial Fire Detection

A commercial property includes everything from office buildings to restaurants to industrial buildings to entertainment venues. Each of these require a uniquely designed fire detection system to meet its needs. For example, an entertainment building is going to require different types of fire detection than an office would.
A fire detection system in commercial buildings are usually more complex than those used in residences. With larger sized buildings such as big office blocks, fire alarm and fire detection systems will need careful design and planning, with a full fire risk assessment taking place before installation.

All elements of the fire detection system are interlinked together with a central control panel and in most cases commercial fire alarms will require 24/7 monitoring. This allows fire department notification even when there is nobody on the premises. Detectors will have to be able to detect smoke or heat, whichever is more appropriate for the given environment.

Also new requirements are being added this year by the National code for Carbon Monoxide detection in commercial buildings.

In addition to detecting fire, Manual pull call points will be needed in commercial buildings so that individuals can raise the alarm immediately should they discover a fire.

Finally, The 2018 tax reduction act has allowed commercial building owners to write off a fire protection system investment, please contact us to find out more about this incentive to protect your most valuable asset, your people.

Do you want more information about a fire detection system for your Columbus business? Call Hard Fire at 800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990 or you can Contact Us.